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  • FILE - This is a May 12, 1966 file photo showing University of Minnesota basketball player Lou Hudson. Six-time All-Star Lou Hudson died Friday, April 11, 2014, in Atlanta, the Atlanta Hawks said. He was 69. His No. 23 was retired by the Hawks. Bob Pettit and Dominique Wilkins are the only other Hawks players to have their numbers retired. The University of Minnesota also retired Hudson's number.  (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - This is a May 12, 1966 file photo showing University of Minnesota basketball player Lou Hudson. Six-time All-Star Lou Hudson died Friday, April 11, 2014, in Atlanta, the Atlanta Hawks said. He was 69. His No. 23 was retired by the Hawks. Bob Pettit and Dominique Wilkins are the only other Hawks players to have their numbers retired. The University of Minnesota also retired Hudson's number. (AP Photo/File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2014 file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets' Nathan Horton, plays in his first NHL hockey game of the season against the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz. Horton, a prime free-agent signing who missed the first half of the season after shoulder surgery, has led the surging Blue Jackets to a 4-1-0 record so far in 2014. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2014 file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets' Nathan Horton, plays in his first NHL hockey game of the season against the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz. Horton, a prime free-agent signing who missed the first half of the season after shoulder surgery, has led the surging Blue Jackets to a 4-1-0 record so far in 2014. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

  • FILE - This is a May 12, 1966 file photo showing University of Minnesota basketball player Lou Hudson. Six-time All-Star Lou Hudson died Friday, April 11, 2014, in Atlanta, the Atlanta Hawks said. He was 69. His No. 23 was retired by the Hawks. Bob Pettit and Dominique Wilkins are the only other Hawks players to have their numbers retired. The University of Minnesota also retired Hudson's number.  (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - This is a May 12, 1966 file photo showing University of Minnesota basketball player Lou Hudson. Six-time All-Star Lou Hudson died Friday, April 11, 2014, in Atlanta, the Atlanta Hawks said. He was 69. His No. 23 was retired by the Hawks. Bob Pettit and Dominique Wilkins are the only other Hawks players to have their numbers retired. The University of Minnesota also retired Hudson's number. (AP Photo/File)

  • Inductee Jerry Tarkanian, below, receives a warm welcome from the crowd as Hall-of-Famer Bill Walton, top, applauds during the enshrinement ceremony for the 2013 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at Symphony Hall in Springfield, Mass., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Inductee Jerry Tarkanian, below, receives a warm welcome from the crowd as Hall-of-Famer Bill Walton, top, applauds during the enshrinement ceremony for the 2013 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at Symphony Hall in Springfield, Mass., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • FILE - This is a May 12, 1966 file photo showing University of Minnesota basketball player Lou Hudson. Six-time All-Star Lou Hudson died Friday, April 11, 2014, in Atlanta, the Atlanta Hawks said. He was 69. His No. 23 was retired by the Hawks. Bob Pettit and Dominique Wilkins are the only other Hawks players to have their numbers retired. The University of Minnesota also retired Hudson's number.  (AP Photo/File)
  • FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2014 file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets' Nathan Horton, plays in his first NHL hockey game of the season against the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz. Horton, a prime free-agent signing who missed the first half of the season after shoulder surgery, has led the surging Blue Jackets to a 4-1-0 record so far in 2014. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
  • FILE - This is a May 12, 1966 file photo showing University of Minnesota basketball player Lou Hudson. Six-time All-Star Lou Hudson died Friday, April 11, 2014, in Atlanta, the Atlanta Hawks said. He was 69. His No. 23 was retired by the Hawks. Bob Pettit and Dominique Wilkins are the only other Hawks players to have their numbers retired. The University of Minnesota also retired Hudson's number.  (AP Photo/File)
  • Inductee Jerry Tarkanian, below, receives a warm welcome from the crowd as Hall-of-Famer Bill Walton, top, applauds during the enshrinement ceremony for the 2013 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at Symphony Hall in Springfield, Mass., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BASEBALL

Rays’ Moore will try to throw in a few days to test elbow

CINCINNATI – Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore plans to play catch in a few days to see how his left elbow is feeling.

Moore went on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. He also experienced elbow soreness last year while going 17-4 with a 3.29 ERA for the Rays.

He had an MRI and was waiting for a team doctor to compare it to previous tests. He said yesterday that he felt better and was hoping to play catch in three to five days, giving him a clearer idea of whether he’ll need surgery.

NFL

49ers QB Kaepernick defends reputation after investigation

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is defending his reputation.

Kaepernick put out a statement on his Twitter account yesterday, a day after his name was linked to a Miami police report involving a woman who passed out in a hotel and later woke up in a hospital not knowing how she got there.

Referring to some media reports on the situation, Kaepernick said: “I take great pride in who I am and what I do, but I guess sometimes you have to deal with someone who makes things up.” He told fans their faith in him is not misplaced.

The police said Kaepernick, teammate Quinton Patton and Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette were with the woman earlier this month at a Miami hotel. The police said it’s too early to determine whether a crime was committed.

NHL

Playoff-bound Blue Jackets lose Horton for six weeks

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton had surgery yesterday to repair an abdominal injury and will be sidelined for approximately six weeks.

The club makes its second playoff appearance next week.

Horton, a prized free-agent signing from Boston last summer, missed the first half of the season after shoulder surgery. He had five goals and 14 assists in 36 games before missing recent games with his most recent injury.

NHL

Maple Leafs hire Toronto native Shanahan as president

TORONTO – Brendan Shanahan was hired as the Toronto Maple Leafs’ president and alternate governor yesterday.

The Toronto native has been serving as the NHL’s director of player safety since 2011. Shanahan played 1,524 career NHL games in 21 years and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last year.

The team said Shanahan will start his duties immediately, and it will hold a news conference on Monday.

The Leafs were eliminated from playoff contention this week after a stretch of eight straight regulation losses in March derailed their season.

NBA

Former Hawks All-Star Hudson dies at 69 following stroke

ATLANTA – Lou Hudson, a smooth-shooting star for the Hawks who averaged more than 20 points during 13 NBA seasons, died yesterday. He was 69.

He died in Atlanta, where he was hospitalized and listed in grave condition last month after a stroke, the Hawks said.

Hudson, a six-time All-Star nicknamed “Sweet Lou,” played for the Hawks in St. Louis and Atlanta. The guard/forward averaged 20.2 points for his career. He spent 11 seasons with the Hawks and finished with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979.

His No. 23 was retired by the Hawks, joining Bob Pettit and Dominique Wilkins as the only other Hawks players so honored. His No. 14 was retired by the University of Minnesota, where he was one of the school’s first black players.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Missouri dismisses receiver Green-Beckham from team

ST. LOUIS – Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, once heralded as the No. 1 recruit in the nation out of high school, was kicked off the team.

The move was announced yesterday, a day after the police in Columbia, Mo., said no charges would be filed in a suspected burglary because of reluctant witnesses fearing retaliation.

Green-Beckham was suspended indefinitely from the team on Monday for unspecified violation of team rules.

Coach Gary Pinkel said in a statement that Green-Beckham needs to be focused on getting help, and that the school would do all it could to help the player.

Green-Beckham led Missouri with 59 receptions as a sophomore last season and scored 12 touchdowns, including a school single-game record of four scores against Kentucky.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Iowa State lineman Irving suspended following arrest

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State defensive lineman David Irving was suspended indefinitely after being arrested following a large crowd disturbance in Ames on Tuesday night.

The Ames police charged Irving with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and fifth-degree theft.

Police Commander Geoff Huff told the Associated Press that pictures and video that appeared to show Irving holding an uprooted stop sign during the late-night disturbance helped lead to his arrest.

Irving was expected to be a key part of Iowa State’s defensive line after making eight starts in 2013.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Family member says Tarkanian being treated for pneumonia

LAS VEGAS – A family member said former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian is being treated for pneumonia and a possible heart attack at a Las Vegas hospital.

Tarkanian’s son-in-law, Zafi Diamant, said yesterday that the 83-year-old Tarkanian’s condition was “definitely stable,” and that he was awake and talking at Valley Hospital.

Tarkanian was hospitalized Wednesday with weakness, breathing trouble and lethargy.

Diamant says more tests will determine Tarkanian’s ailments.

TENNIS

Verdasco, Giraldo, Querrey advance to Clay Court semis

HOUSTON – Fourth-seeded Fernando Verdasco beat Donald Young Jr., 7-6 (1), 6-1, yesterday in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships.

Verdasco, from Spain, will face Santiago Giraldo in the semifinals today. Giraldo beat Colombian countryman Alejandro Gonzalez, 6-3, 6-4.

Sam Querrey beat Dustin Brown, 6-3, 6-7 (8), 6-3, to set up a semifinal against the winner of the late match between third-seeded Nicolas Almagro and Jack Sock.

Motorsports

Young Elliott wins 2nd straight

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Chase Elliott passed Elliott Sadler on the final lap night to win his second straight Nationwide Series race, going from fifth to first on the final two laps last night.

Elliott, an 18-year-old high school senior and son of NASCAR great Bill Elliott, broke through for his first series win last week at Texas when he passed Sprint Cup veteran Kevin Harvick. At Darlington, Elliott moved past Sadler when the veteran got loose coming off Turn 2 on a restart two laps from the end.

Sadler held on for second while Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch were third and fourth.

Busch led by 1.5 seconds and was seemingly cruising to victory until Tanner Berryhill’s spin forced a final restart.

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